Friday, February 12, 2016

N.J. residents among biggest complainers about state taxes

This Gallup map shows where people are most likely to describe their state taxes as too high.
This Gallup map shows where people are most likely to describe their state taxes as too high.

New Jersey residents are among the most likely to think they pay too much in state taxes.

A new Gallup poll released today found that 77 percent of New Jersey residents surveyed said the amount they pay in state taxes is "too high." That percentage tied with New York for the highest in the country.

The poll, conducted between June and December 2013, asked respondents whether their state taxes were "too high" or "not too high."

New Jersey's and New York's numbers were a sharp contrast to the states like Wyoming, where just 19 percent of those polled described their taxes as too high, the lowest mark of any state.

In Pennsylvania, 58 percent of respondents said they paid too much in taxes.

People in the Northeast tend to be most dissatisfied with their state tax burden, the poll found. Nationwide, 50 percent of people said their taxes were too high.

But, while geography plays a role, "a greater factor relating to residents' views of their state tax burden appears to be the taxes themselves," according to Gallup. 

Figures from the Tax Foundation estimate that people in New Jersey pay an average of 12.3 percent of their income in state and local taxes, the second-highest total nationwide. New Jersey is one of just five states where residents have an estimated tax burden above 11 percent.

The foundation says Pennsylvania residents pay an average of 10.3 percent of their income in state or local taxes, above the national average of 9.8 percent.

Other states with large numbers of poll respondents describing their tax burden as too high include Connecticut (76 percent), Illinois (71 percent) and Rhode Island (70 percent).

After Wyoming, states with the lowest percentages were Alaska (21 percent), South Dakota (27 percent), Nevada (28 percent) and Florida (33 percent).

Contact Emily Babay at 215-854-2153 or Follow @emilybabay on Twitter.

Contact the Breaking News Desk at 215-854-2443 or Follow @phillynews on Twitter.

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